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First Lady Frances Wolf Joins ‘Girls Who Code’ CEO to Highlight Investment in STEM Education for Young WomenFirst Lady Frances Wolf Joins ‘Girls Who Code’ CEO to Highlight Investment in STEM Education for Young Women

first_imgFirst Lady Frances Wolf Joins ‘Girls Who Code’ CEO to Highlight Investment in STEM Education for Young Women Economy,  First Lady Frances Wolf,  Innovation,  Press Release,  Schools That Teach Philadelphia, PA – First Lady Frances Wolf today joined Girls Who Code and members of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women at the William D. Kelley School in Philadelphia to highlight a $30 million investment Governor Tom Wolf is making in STEM and computer science learning through his PAsmart initiative. During the visit, the First Lady and Girls Who Code CEO Reshma Saujani helped to conduct a STEM lesson for elementary and middle school girls at the school.“Last year, twice as many boys took computer science courses as girls — yet over the next 10 years, 70 percent of new jobs will require computer science skills,” said First Lady Frances Wolf. “Girls Who Code is leading the way in closing the gender gap in technology across the country, including right here in Pennsylvania. PAsmart will help to expand this work by giving even more students the opportunity to earn a quality STEM education. Together, I know that we can make sure that the next decade tells a different story than the many before — one where barriers give way to opportunity and your gender, background or zip code does not determine your destiny.”According to Girls Who Code, Pennsylvania will be the first state to promote Women in Tech lesson plans and to commit to tracking diversity data in computer science classrooms.“It’s time that we prepare our students — specifically, our girls — for the future of work,” said Girls Who Code Founder and CEO Reshma Saujani. “With more partnerships at the state-level, we can do just that — expand opportunity to the highest-paying jobs, eliminate the gender gap in tech, and create a generation of young women technologists. We are grateful to Governor Wolf and the First Lady for their support of our work and commitment to girls in computer science.”The governor’s PAsmart initiative is a new and innovative $30 million investment in job training and STEM education to focus on fast-growing, in-demand jobs, including:$20 million for STEM and computer science education at all levels. Nearly 300,000 jobs in the commonwealth require skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Over the next decade, more than 70 percent of new jobs will require these skills.$7 million for apprenticeships with a goal of doubling the number of registered apprentices by 2025. Since Governor Wolf established the commonwealth’s first Apprenticeship and Training Office in 2016, the number of registered apprentices has increased by nearly 20 percent from 13,282 registered apprentices to 15,972 statewide.$3 million increase for Industry Partnerships, which bring together workers and multiple employers in the same industry in a public-private partnership to provide job training.“At a time when there are roughly 3 million more STEM jobs available than workers, and when companies are constantly seeking a competitive edge, women remain notoriously underrepresented in the technology industry,” said Tracey Welson-Rossman, CEO of TechGirlz and member of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women. “We must engage girls at a young age to help them discover, embrace and advance technology-related skills in order to diversify and fill workforce needs. We thank the Governor and First Lady for their dedication to women and girls in STEM through the PAsmart initiative.”The initiative is built on recommendations of the governor’s Middle Class Task Force, which included leaders from the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, education, and workforce development.The Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board will provide recommendations on the distribution of the $30 million in PAsmart funding, which will be driven out through a competitive grants process. Organizations that will be eligible to apply include: local education agencies; intermediate units; postsecondary institutions; local workforce development boards; public libraries; employers; labor organizations; chambers of commerce; after-school providers; education, training and workforce providers; nonprofits; community organizations; and others.Girls Who Code is a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and change the image of what a programmer looks like and does. Girls Who Code has reached over 90,000 girls in all 50 states and several US territories. September 25, 2018center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

UK pensions minister increases pressure with new measures on DC chargesUK pensions minister increases pressure with new measures on DC charges

first_imgThe UK pensions minister is to act on charges for defined contribution (DC) members months after legislating for a 75-basis-point cap.Announcing the launch of a command paper, Steve Webb, a Liberal Democrat MP, said the paper would delve into the “murky” world of transaction costs paid by DC scheme members.Trustees of DC schemes will have a duty to investigate transaction costs and establish exactly how much scheme members are paying, and for what service.Speaking at the UK National Association of Pension Funds Annual Conference in Liverpool, Webb said: “This document places a duty on trustees to find out, ask questions and establish where money is going out and if it going for good reason. “We wondered whether to include transaction costs in the charge cap for April 2015, but we realised we didn’t have a clue.“We didn’t know what number to put in and what to include because we didn’t have the information.”Webb again shot down requests from the industry to postpone the 75bsp cap, as it clashes with upcoming changes announced in this year’s Budget.He said, regardless of the start date, the government will launch its strategy on charges in April. “April 2015 is the charge cap – it is not an event, but the first stage in the process,” Webb said.“Gone are the days when a government will allow a government-approved product to charge 1.5% for 10 years.”Webb said his progressive action on driving value for money included the removal of charges on leavers and the promise to re-evaluate the charge cap in 2017 to incorporate transaction costs.“Transaction costs are the murky secretive cupboard of the industry,” he said. “Trustees do not know what is happening to their members’ money and what is being sliced out.”Webb also defended his department and government colleagues against accusations it was working too slow on detail for the Budget reforms.From April 2015, DC savers over the age of 55 will no longer be forced to annuitise savings and have the freedom to use cash as they wish.last_img read more

Asset managers warn on delegation oversight plans amid talk of reliefAsset managers warn on delegation oversight plans amid talk of relief

first_imgA spokesperson for the European Commission said no decision had yet been taken.As part of its review of the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs), in September the Commission proposed new rules around “coordination on delegation and outsourcing of activities”.These included, for example, that a national regulator should notify ESMA when it planned to authorise an asset manager to outsource or delegate to a non-EU country a material part of its activities or any key functions, “to benefit from the EU passport while essentially performing substantial activities or functions outside the Union”. The European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee said the proposal “provides for inclusion of the ESA for notifications, monitoring and recommendations, both for authorisations and on an ongoing basis, so that outsourcing, delegations and risk transfers to a third-country entity are subject to supervisory review under the responsibility of the executive board”.The Commission’s proposal caused consternation in the fund industry. EFAMA’s de Proft said: “Our view is that delegation is already a reliable, well-functioning and tested model, central to ensuring investor choice with the ability of EU investors to access world leading investment expertise and the associated improved investor outcomes.”A spokesperson for the Commission confirmed that under its proposals, ESMA should be able to carry out “ex-ante analysis of planned delegations into third countries by EU asset managers” to ensure compliance with EU rules. At present, the measures are under review by the European Parliament and Council. The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has reiterated concerns about possible new powers mooted for the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) regarding managers from non-EU countries operating in the EU.A report in the Financial Times over the weekend suggested that ESMA’s proposed oversight of national regulators’ authorisation of delegation agreements could be scrapped. One person close to the process confirmed to IPE that the report was accurate, but warned that any move had yet to be “set in stone”.Peter de Proft, director general of EFAMA, said there was no justification for giving ESMA any additional powers of oversight.“We believe this would lead to a more bureaucratic, costly and inefficient process regarding delegation and outsourcing, especially into third countries, and would materially weaken the time to market for relevant activities,” he said. last_img read more

Brisbane auction bidders given 25 seconds to return or lose the houseBrisbane auction bidders given 25 seconds to return or lose the house

first_img Wide Bay home values on the rise MORE REAL ESTATE STORIES Brisbane suburbs that defied the downturn Within a minute the property would sell for $1.365 million, the sixth highest street price in the boutique inner eastern suburb of Seven Hills. The four bedroom house overlooking green space attracted eight bidders.But was it the buyer’s agent, the son bidding on behalf of his mother, or the young couple who announced their engagement after viewing the house a week ago, who accepted the applause of more than 60 onlookers at 8.23am on a sunny spring morning?“If I was a buyer in today’s market, I’d be using a buyer’s agent,” Belle Property Bulimba lead real estate agent Tony O’Doherty said.“There’s so many traps.“My job is to make (buyers) spend as much as possible, if you don’t have someone in your corner preventing that … my job is to get every penny possible.“For me there’s negatives to buyer’s agents, they’re good negotiators.”Eight registered bidders wanted to move in to Seven Hills yesterday, four of them from the neighbouring Bulimba, Balmoral and Hawthorne postcode looking for a bargain in a suburb with a median house price some $300,000-$550,000 less than their own.But the opening bid of $750,000 came from the newly engaged couple, one of whom was moving up from Sydney. Auctioneer Justin Nickerson with the newly engaged couple hugging before placing the opening auction bid.The next two bids took the house to $950,000 and the couple, who had been hugging near the kitchen the whole time, let go of their dream house but not each other.The sellers, Dwayne Andrews and Emma Reason, were listening from the downstairs garage.They had bought a 400sq m block 18 months ago and built the brand new four-bedroom contemporary home surrounded by greenery.“We spent so long planning and dreaming about this place,” said Ms Reason, who is returning to Brisbane’s bayside.“It was exciting (to hear the auction), we’ve had so much interest.”The auction then moved to the poolside entertaining area with buyer’s agent Paul Palella leaning against the frameless glass pool fencing to the auctioneer’s left and Balmoral local Troy Rabaud with his mum Heather by his side, near the outdoor kitchen on the right.The buyer’s agent kept his gaze in the direction of the auctioneer while Mr Rabaud eyed his competition while weighing up every $5000 bid increase. Lead agent Tony O’Doherty was there to urge him on. Before the auction, the two main bidders can be seen preparing with buyer’s agent Paul Palella in a dark suit by the pool fence and Troy Rabaud with his family near the white wall of the entertaining area.At $1.315 million, the house was announced to be on the market.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago“My strategy is to just be conscious not to drive the price up by ourselves,” Mr Rabaud said afterwards.“My strategy was to buy the property,” Mr Palella said.“We came with an idea, a plan and we stuck to it.”Taking his clients into the master bedroom for a chat while the auction was still in progress was a sign that their plan was unravelling. The master bedroom where buyer’s agent Paul Palella took his clients.“It didn’t look like he was going to give up, then we saw him start to slow up and we thought there might be a chance,” Mr Rabaud said.Belle Property’s Tony O’Doherty followed the bidders into the bedroom but emerged moments later to announce: ‘They’re done’. The property was sold to Mr Rabaud’s mother, Heather. Winning bidder Troy Rabaud (right), who was bidding on behalf of his mother Heather (centre) with his stepfather Jason Montgomery (left).“I was so nervous I asked him to bid for me,” Mrs Rabaud said.“But I did nudge him at one point because I thought he was going to let it go.”center_img This new house at 19 D’Arcy Rd, Seven Hills sold at auction for $1.365 million.THE auction of 19 D’Arcy Rd, Seven Hills was still live when one of the bidding groups went in to the master bedroom for a private chat.“Don’t take too long,” award-winning auctioneer Justin Nickerson said from his spot in the kitchen. “Twenty-five seconds, that’s all.” FOLLOW DEBRA BELA ON TWITTERlast_img read more

Brown dominates at Atchison CountyBrown dominates at Atchison County

first_imgBy Rick StaleyATCHISON, Kan. (June 10) – Derrick Brown put on a pair of dominating performances, winning both his heat race at Friday’s Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified feature at Atchison County Race­way.Brown pulled ahead early and never looked back on his way to his first win of the year at Atchison. Rodney Schweizer ended the night second with big mover Steven Bowers Jr. third. Nicho­las Carpenter raced his way to fourth with Matt Richards rounding out the top five.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars again proved the quality of the class at Atchison County Raceway.  Josh Steele held the early lead until Brad Whitney passed on the high side. Whitney led until Greg Keuhn dove to the inside, racing side-by-side with Whitney for multiple laps.Keuhn pulled to the front and onto his second victory inside. Whitney ended the night second with hard charger Jim Powell Jr. third. Gene Stigall recovered from an early race mishap to place fourth and Steele was fifth.last_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Battle Lady OlympiansLady Bulldogs Battle Lady Olympians

first_imgThe JV Girls Soccer team took on the Columbus East Olympians on Thursday night. The Olympians quickly took the lead, but Bella Britch, of the Bulldogs, responded within minutes. Allie Savage assisted Britch’s goal. Later in the half, the Olympians were able to put the ball in the back of the net two more times. Going into half time, the Bulldogs trailed 3-1.  The second half epitomized solid defense on both sides. Eden Lewis and Hailey Lipps led the Bulldogs defense assisting Lilly Wonnell in keeping a clean sheet for the second half. Belle Wolters and Makayla Granger helped shut down the attacks up the flanks. The second half remained scoreless, leading the Bulldogs to their defeat, 3-1. The Batesville Lady Bulldogs were defeated 3-1 on Thursday night by the Columbus East Olympians. Batesville falls to 4-4 on the season and looks to go back above .500 on Saturday as they travel to Franklin County.  Columbus East would add two more early in the second half to go up 3-0. This was a big hole to overcome but Batesville strengthened their attack and urgency to score for the remainder of the game. With 15 minutes to play, Abbey Prickel netted the team’s first goal of the matchmaking it 1-0. Batesville would have several more good looks but just couldn’t put one in the back of the net to make the game tight again.  “Columbus East was a very strong, physical team without a lot of returning varsity players from a season ago. We knew going in that this would be a tough match to win. They outworked us at times in the game and it is hard to come back on a strong team like that. Abbey gave us a spark up top and we will continue to tweak our formation as we look to find more offense.” Coach Laker commented on the match, center_img In the first half, the Lady Olympians took a 1-0 lead on a free kick from 40 yards out. There was a lot of traffic in front of the goal making it difficult for Olive Cerniglia to get to the ball as it rolled into the back of the net.  Despite Batesville having the majority of the possession through the first half, they found themselves down 1-0.  JV Game last_img read more

Ideye accepts criticismIdeye accepts criticism

first_img Press Association The 26-year-old striker became the Baggies’ record signing when they shelled out £10million to bring him to The Hawthorns from Dynamo Kiev last summer. But he has been a major disappointment, scoring only twice in 14 Premier League appearances, the majority of which have come off the bench. Brown Ideye accepts all the criticism that has been levelled at him since his big-money move to West Brom but hopes he will be given the chance to prove himself. West Brom were reported to be willing to cut their losses and sell Ideye to Qatar club Al Gharafa during the January window, but their failure to secure a replacement earned him a stay of execution. The Nigeria international feels he deserves another chance and is motivated to show Baggies fans what he can really do. Ideye said: “I never thought I was going to leave West Brom for a club in Qatar. I haven’t really started playing football for West Brom so I think I should have more time. “I’ve been having a lot of support from the fans and people at the club so I don’t think now should be the time for me to leave. “People can say what they want, they have the right to do that. Since I came here I haven’t been that Brown Ideye that people know and I feel bad about it. “This is England and if you’re not giving your best, people talk. I think they are right in everything they say. “I should be on top of my game but it’s not possible for you to be on top of your game when you’re sitting on the bench so I just have to keep pushing on, even if I only have 10 or 15 minutes in the game. I have to prove myself.” Ideye was on the bench again when West Brom travelled to Burnley on Sunday but he was given 45 minutes and headed in the equaliser that earned Tony Pulis’ side a 2-2 draw. “I’ve been waiting for this moment,” he said. “As a striker I like to score goals in every game and I don’t see why it’s not possible for me to start from now doing what people believed from me. “I came here to score goals and I hope this will just be the start. It was an important goal and I think that said it all.” Pulis would love nothing more than for Ideye to live up to his price tag, and he praised the striker’s contribution at Turf Moor. The West Brom boss said: “It was a great header. He looked dangerous when he came on and sharp, and that’s what we need.” Burnley were left ruing their inability to hold onto a lead for the third time in four games after going two up inside 32 minutes. The point was enough to lift them out of the relegation zone but they have a formidable run of fixtures coming up, starting with a trip to Manchester United on Wednesday. Matches against Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham and Arsenal follow over the next couple of months, but the Clarets can take confidence from having fought back to claim a draw at City in December. For midfielder David Jones, Wednesday means a trip back to the club where he began his career. He said: “You always want to play at stadiums like that against good players and good teams. “I spent a lot of my early days there so it’ll be nice to see a few people but we want to go there and get something, that’s the most important thing. “We’re not expected to get anything. We can go there with total freedom. Obviously we’re confident in our own ability, and if we do our jobs and play really well, then we’re definitely in with a chance. “We’re going to have to step up to the plate and I’m looking forward to the challenge.” last_img read more

Cricket News Murali Vijay signs for Essex in English County Championship Season 2018Cricket News Murali Vijay signs for Essex in English County Championship Season 2018

first_imgNew Delhi: Indian opener Murali Vijay has signed for English county side Essex for the last three games of the County Championship season 2018. The stylish opener has been suffering from a poor run of form and desperately wants to work on his overseas batting technique. “I was here with the India side about a month ago and saw first-hand just how good the crowd is. I can’t wait to play for Essex and hopefully win some matches.”ALSO READ: Asia Cup 2018: Indian cricket team’s home base shifted; venue changedThe 34-year-old was dropped from the Indian playing XI following a dismal show in the first two Tests against England. Pundits and fans were calling to bench him after the first Test but his fate was sealed after he registered a pair in the Lord’s Test. Vijay joins Essex as a replacement for Australian seamer Peter Siddle.ALSO READ: Eng vs Ind 5th Test, Day 2: Check full scorecard as hosts dominate“We’re delighted that Murali has chosen to come here, he’s a great batsman who can score runs at the top of the order,” Essex’s head coach Anthony McGrath said.“Vijay’s run-scoring ability means he can be the difference-maker in a game, and that skill is something we were looking to bring in towards the end of the season and something that we’re excited about,” he added.Vijay has represented India in 59 Tests, scoring 3933 runs with an average of 39.33.   For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Trojans sweep UCLA in 80-61 blowoutTrojans sweep UCLA in 80-61 blowout

first_imgIn front of their first sellout crowd in over five years, the USC Trojans defeated the UCLA Bruins 80-61. Four Trojans scored in double figures, as USC lead from start to finish. The win gave the Trojans their first season sweep over the Bruins since the 2009-10 season.The Trojans (18-5, 7-3) jumped out to an early 9-0 lead behind some strong play from guard Julian Jacobs. To say the Galen Center was rocking, would have been an understatement.“It was fun. The fans came out and supported. They went with the blackout,” sophomore guard Jordan McLaughlin said. “It was an amazing crowd. Their energy translated to us on the court.UCLA guard Aaron Holiday kept the Bruins (13-10, 4-6) in the game, scoring 9 first-half points. No other Bruin had more than 6 points in the half.The Trojans did a great job on the defensive end, holding the Bruins to 30-percent shooting in the first half. The Bruins were able to keep the game from getting out of hand by crashing the offensive glass. Behind center Thomas Welsh, the Bruins had seven first-half offensive rebounds.Elijah Stewart ended the half on a 11-2 run that put the Trojans up by 11 heading into the locker room. As a team, the Trojans shot 49 percent from the field and hit five 3 pointers in the first half.The Men of Troy led comfortably for a majority of the second half. Every time the Bruins came within striking distance, the Trojans seemed to have an answer.After building their lead to as much as 16, the Trojans got lazy on the defensive end and allowed the Bruins to creep back into the game. A 3 pointer from guard Isaac Hamilton cut the Trojan lead to just 6 points.It didn’t take long for the Trojans to respond. Guard Elijah Stewart came through with a huge 3 on the very next possession to give the Men of Troy a comfortable cushion with just under four minutes to play. Stewart finished with 16 points and six rebounds.The Bruins missed a 3-point attempt on their next possession, and Bennie Boatwright hit four free throws to push the lead to 13. The Bruins would never threaten again.The Trojans ended the game on an 18-5 run, capped by a nonchalant 3-pointer from Jordan McLaughlin at the buzzer. McLaughlin had a rough first half, going scoreless, but finished with a team high 10 assists to go with 9 second-half points.Jacobs continued his stellar season as the heart and soul of the Trojan team. The third-year guard finished with 17 points, six rebounds and five assists.“It’s definitely huge,” Jacobs said. “But, we expect to win every game that we play. Whether we play defense or not is usually the determining factor. It is definitely nice to see 10,000 at Galen. I can’t remember the last time [that happened].”UCLA guard Bryce Alford, who has killed the Trojans over the past few years, had one of his worst games of the season. The junior finished 3 for 13 from the field, including 3 for 9 from downtown, with 10 points and seven assists.Head coach Andy Enfield was satisfied with his team’s defensive lockdown on the dangerous Bruin guard.“We have pretty good guards too. You’re not going to shut down those guys [Isaac Hamilton and Bryce Alford]. They are so talented, they can make the three, drive, pull-up, and they create for their teammates.” Enfield said. “Our goal was to make it challenging for them because we know how good they are.”The 61 points marked a season low for the Bruins, who entered the game averaging 80.1 points per game. As a team, the Bruins could not find their offense against a stout Trojan defense. UCLA finished shooting just 35 percent from the field and 27 percent from deep.The win gave the Trojans their best-ever home record to start the season at 14-0.Next up for the Men of Troy is a trip to Arizona to take on the Sun Devils and Wildcats. The Trojans beat both teams at the Galen Center in early January.last_img read more

Snowpack doubles at tree-line with new snowfallSnowpack doubles at tree-line with new snowfall

first_imgThe tree-line snowpack has doubled in the Kootenay Pass area over the last two days as 45 centimetres of new snow has fallen, according to the Canadian Avalanche Centre on Sunday. Throughout the region, treeline snowpack depths are generally 60 to 100 cm., depending on wind-loading. A buried crust approximately 15 to 20 cm. above the ground has produced variable results with snowpack tests, but is generally gaining strength. Recent moderate ridge-top winds formed soft wind slabs on the leeward side of ridge crests and terrain features. Wind slabs are probably primed for human-triggering on uniform lee ridge-top slopes and in cross-loaded gullies. New snow was sluffing with human-triggers on steeper terrain, according to a report from Matt Peter on Sunday, Nov. 21. As a result, confidence in the backcountry snowpack is rated at fair. Many tree-line and alpine areas are at threshold snow depths for avalanches, however, little field data is available. If you are an early season enthusiast, send the Canadian Avalanche Centre an email or give them a call to let them know what you saw in the mountains: forecaster@avalanche.ca or 250-837-2141 ext 230. Other sources: Avalanche course information for sledders is found at: http://www.avalanche.ca/cac/community/sled Some general backcountry notes: Slopes with the best riding are also the most avalanche-prone. Watch for isolated slabs on smooth ground and use extra caution around locally deep pockets of wind-transported snow down-wind of terrain features and in gullies. Avoid exposure to terrain traps whenever possible. They are a significant and often overlooked hazard. Managing risk through route finding requires a good understanding of terrain traps and how they can magnify the consequences of an avalanche. At lower elevations, watch out for poorly buried rocks, stumps, logs, and other early season hazards. Source: Canadian Avalanche Centrelast_img read more